Punjabi food banks thanked by Peel authorities

BRAMPTON: Regional Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon, City Councillor Harkirat Singh, along with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, Peel Regional Police, and Peel Paramedic Services on June 5 thanked local Peel-based Punjabi COVID-19 food banks with an appreciation parade.

The parade featured Council members, police cruisers, ambulance vehicles, and fire trucks driving by the food banks with emergency lights flashing and sirens sounding to show appreciation to the volunteers of:

* Punjabi Food Seva Telford – 7050 Telford Way, Mississauga

* Khalsa Aid – 510 Deerhurst Drive, Brampton

* Punjabi Food Seva North Park – 2720 North Park Drive Unit 61, Brampton

* United Sikhs – 585 Guru Nanak Street, Brampton

The organizations have been providing support to the needy since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic by serving food and hot meals on a daily basis regardless of background, and have vowed to continue throughout this crisis with it.

“It was important that we show support to these organizations as they have been playing a vital role in helping the less fortunate throughout this pandemic,” said Dhillon. “We are thankful for our emergency service partners who not only took their time out to participate, but who are also playing a pivotal role on the frontlines themselves.”

“The encouragement the volunteers received lifted their spirits in a positive way,” said Harkirat Singh. “They were incredibly grateful that their efforts were being thanked by their local city and regional agencies, and I encourage residents to donate food to these food banks.”

Also in attendance were Regional Councillor Paul Vicente; Peel Regional Police’s 21 Division Superintendent Navi Chhinzer and Inspector Raj Birring; Brampton Fire Assistant Deputy Chief Ravjot Singh Chhatwal; and Peel Paramedic Superintendent Shawn Large.